Despite brushing and flossing daily to prevent tooth decay, sometimes decay does occur. In most cases, cavities can be effectively treated. Dental fillings are used to repair the structure of decayed teeth. They are made from a variety of materials. Our dentist at Singing River Dentistry will remove the decay, clean the area, and fill the cavity with the material most appropriate for you.
Reasons For a Filling
It may be tempting to ignore a little cavity in your mouth, but cavities can harm your dental health and produce a variety of negative repercussions. Not addressing a cavity can result in significant discomfort from the decay, dental abscesses, trouble biting, tooth loss, and gum disease. The danger is simply not worth it. You may save your tooth and keep your oral health by using a simple dental filling.
Our dental office offers amalgam fillings, and porcelain and composite fillings. Amalgam, sometimes known as silver fillings, is made by mixing mercury and other metals. It is usually used to treat dental decay in molar and back teeth since it is robust and durable. They are completely safe and may assist to prevent further tooth decay.
Since they are highly visible, dentists tend to use them on the back teeth only.
Porcelain and Composite Fillings
Among the most popular and effective fillings are porcelain and composite fillings. These two options each have their own advantages for the treatment of cavities. Composite fillings are made of glass and acrylic resin. These fillings are designed to match the teeth being filled since they are tooth colored. Composite materials bond directly to the tooth structure, which provides extra strength and stability to the affected tooth. Dental ceramic fillings are made of porcelain, which is strong and attractive. Despite the higher cost of ceramic fillings, many patients are willing to pay extra for durable, stain-resistant, and more aesthetic fillings.
For a dental filling procedure the first step will be to consult with the dentist to determine which kind of filling is ideal for you. The operation is normally done in the office, and a local anesthesia may be used depending on the extent of the tooth decay. A shallow cavity, for example, will not need numbing prior to filling.
By use of a drill and other dental equipment to remove the affected part of your tooth. The dentist will create a hollow in your tooth and fill it with the filling of your choosing. To cement the composite filling, a small blue light is directed to your tooth. Once the filling has set, the dentist polishes it so that it does not irritate your tongue or mouth. Because there is no downtime involved in the procedure, recovery will be almost instantaneous.
In general, there is no one correct answer or wrong answer for everybody; the right dental fillings for you depend on the condition of your teeth, your preferences, and other factors. If you need a filling to cover a cavity or repair a crack, or perhaps for protecting sensitive pulp following a pulp treatment, feel free to contact us at Singing River Dentistry. For a consultation, please call (256) 904-4220.